In July 2016, our volunteer Ms Taku Ronaldine represented Girls Excel at the Digital Participation Camp (DPC) in Munster, Germany. The Digital Participation camp is a global conference that connects young digital changemakers from Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia in order to identify the trends, strategies, and challenges involved in youth participation via social media, while also working on new international youth projects.
This year’s event which took place at the UNESCO-school Schillergymnasium, Munster on the 17th -28th of July 2016 was funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Katholischer Fonds and the Diocese of Munster. At the DPC 2016, 94 ambitious brains from all over the world worked together for 10 days to bring 6 digital projects for social good to the next level. At the Summit 2016 (which takes place on the last day of the camp), the projects presented the outcomes to the bigger audience in the Schillergymnasium made of participants and guests .
During the event, Ronaldine presented the work that Girls Excel carries out with adolescent girls in rural communities in Cameroon. Her presentations during the DPC also focused on how Girls Excel can maximize the use of technology in advancing its vision of a world in which all girls can be safe, healthy and educated in a society that recognizes, respects and values girls education as a human right.
According to Ronaldine ‘the DPC was a transformational experience as she had the opportunity to interact with the brightest young minds across the globe. She also visited Holland as part of the activities of the DPC which contributed in making the experience a thrilling one for her’